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Poster: stratocaster Date: Oct 17, 2012 11:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Full Dead year listening project

This has been something I've kicked around for some time...

I will begin with 1981, for a number of reasons, firstly, i love the band's sound in 1981, plus it's an accessible year, more upgraded sources have been coming out in recent years and I can reasonably work and listen through shows without having to commit 30 minutes to a Lovelight every show...

I will attempt to listen to every show performed in 1981, in chronological order, using the best known source available and defaulting to soundboard source.

At the end of this exercise, I may choose to do another year, I was torn to start with 1973, that could be next...my plan is to then write a proper year in review with the recommended shows and particularly notable song versions, then to step off the platform and dive 24 miles, hitting mach 1 in freefall...

Since this will take sometime, perhaps someone else would like to take the reins on another year, I know that we've already had very extensive study on 1968/1969...

thank you and God Bless and I am off to Uptown Theatre...

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Oct 17, 2012 12:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

I did what you are about to undertake,and might I suggest you do two years simultaneously,say 73' and 81' so as not to burn out on a year.I did 68'-79' and a truncated 80'-85' and staggered the years,a 68' then a 79',a 69' then a 78',etcetera.I did the 80's run after the 68'-79',so I staggered those accordingly.

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Poster: Deadhead225 Date: Oct 17, 2012 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

I agree that doing 2 diverse years simultaneously might make it a better experience. That or being sure to mix in random listenings from other time frames. You could easily tire of even your favorite year and get a less accurate read.

I burn out on one year after just a week, which always leads me to renewed enjoyment for years with more repetitious song lists. Switching from 80s back to early to mid 70s is great for this.

Enjoy the ride regardless.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Oct 17, 2012 2:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

I seriously think this would ruin me on the band for a long time. Even if I picked an exceptional top notch year such as 73,74,77 ( all of which imo are superior to anything in the 80's in my opinion). I just don't know how anyone could do it. Good luck though strat!

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Oct 17, 2012 3:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

I started on 82 last year but things kinda fizzled after about a dozen shows. Still have my notes on my Google account. I'll start it up again in solidarity!

BTW, I chose 1982 because that's the year that Cliff Hucker loses faith in the band. Also because there's some great shows such as the Greek Theater run, Starlight, Field Trip, Iowa, and so on.

edit: Yet another reason I like 1982 is because Brent finally got rid of that annoying tinkly piano tone and went for something that sounds more authentic.

This post was modified by deadpolitics on 2012-10-17 22:42:44

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Oct 17, 2012 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

Good luck to any of you who attempt such a journey!

I will be looking forward to the year in reviews

You surely have more time on your hands than I - that's a good thing

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Oct 17, 2012 8:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

"thank you and God Bless and I am off to Uptown Theatre..."

1981 the best run of shows that i wish had not missed though the Barry Glassberg recordings of these shows were the first 2nd generation tapes received along with Fillmore East April 1971.

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Poster: ChanceofaLifetime Date: Oct 17, 2012 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

I recently finished a simulator project. I listened to the entirety of my physical collection chronologically and it took about a year and three months. Really neat to hear how everything developed and changed in the order it took place. I also added some JGB to the mix and found that added a nice little break every now and then.

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Poster: Round Robin Date: Oct 20, 2012 3:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

Roughly how many shows was this? Listening every day?

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Poster: ChanceofaLifetime Date: Oct 20, 2012 7:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

Most days. About a three quarters of the way through I lost the job that I could listen to my own music at and it slowed down drastically. The actual show count was around two hundred.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Oct 17, 2012 12:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

I nominate PM Tell for '93.

Seriously, I've been toying with this idea as well. I'll take '84 for no other reason than it's the year Mrs. Mando and I tied the knot.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 18, 2012 8:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

Ha! And you all thought I'd died & gone to heaven...

Seriously, I did do this w 68, in non-chronologic order, & DID burnout...did it four yrs ago, but didn't keep notes & didn't do really low quality, so was only 50 or so...

Good luck, Strat!

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Poster: zeroenvy Date: Oct 17, 2012 4:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

I actually started the same exact thing with 1970 however i havent gotten far. Im only in early february. I'm just rating 1-5 stars, historical notes, and personal highlights.

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Poster: Arck Date: Oct 18, 2012 12:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

I did this a couple of years ago. I ran out of steam in October or November. There's some brilliant stuff in horrible AUD quality that I wouldn't have listened to otherwise. A couple of the May AUD tapes come to mind.

Anyway, you know you've at least got to make it as far as the November Capitol run. Some of the greatest moments of Grateful Dead are in those nights.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 17, 2012 4:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Full Dead year listening project

It would be quicker if you did 1975 ...

Seriously good luck, and let us know your observations .